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National Parks and Reserves in Kenya

National Parks and Reserves in Kenya

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Are you planning for your next holiday during the upcoming summer? If yes, welcome to the incredible National Parks and Reserves in Kenya.

Explore some of the best National Parks and Reserves in Kenya via our safari packages – perfectly selected for you.

Kenya is among the top African countries known for its Diverse Wildlife and Safari Destinations.

Other Safari Countries such as Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Namibia, and Botswana too have some amazing tourist spots that you could visit.

But, none of the above National Parks or Reserves beats the National Parks and Reserves in Kenya.

Being home to the big five, diverse wildlife, and thousands of bird species, Kenya is ranked among the best African Safari destinations.

In addition, Kenya offers you great value for your African safari experiences throughout the year.

This is occasioned by safari offers and multiple packages for various seasons and to various amazing places.

With the multiple safari destinations in Kenya –  here at Zunguka Africa Safaris we do cover all major, minor, and private destinations.

Additionally, we take our clients to restricted areas in Kenya with our affordable safari tour packages.

Some of our destinations include:

  • Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Nairobi National Park
  • Samburu National Reserve
  • Hells Gate National Park – among others

Below we cover the National Parks and Reserves in Kenya and welcome you to read through and learn more.

Amboseli National Park

Located in the southern part of Kenya and bordering Tanzania, the Amboseli National Park is one destination that you should visit.

At the Amboseli National Park, you will have the best views of Mt. Kilimanjaro among other beautiful sceneries.

You will also come across herds of elephants, the big 5, other wild animals, and birds.

The park also hosts a seasonal Lake that fills during the rainy season and dries off after the rains diminish.

This is the only park in Kenya where Elephants can be traced genetically.

Sweetwaters Game Reserve

Located in Nanyuki and less than 3 hours drive from Nairobi, the Sweet Waters Game Reserve is a sight to behold.

This beautiful reserve hosts all the big five game animals, birds among other wildlife.

The lavish green lawns, year-round cold climate, and the magnificent view of snow at the peak of Mount Kenya make Sweet Waters a sheltered oasis of its own kind. 

As a safari and wilderness lover, Sweet Waters Reserve is your perfect retreat as it is home to abundant wildlife.

In addition, the 24,000-acre private ranch offers fantastic day and night drives as well as nature walks to learn more about unique wildlife species within the reserve.

You can visit the Sweet Waters 200-acre chimpanzee sanctuary and also enjoy a 30-minutes free boat ride on the river.

Other activities include lion tracking, camel rides, and elephant viewing among others. Furthermore, camping is also a top activity at the reserve.

Samburu National Reserve

The amazing Samburu Reserve is famous for its beautiful sceneries and offers you activities such as the sighting of wild dogs and the big five among others.

Well, Samburu National Reserve is located in Samburu County and is a semi-desert that is usually dry most times of the year.

The park retains a natural serenity for a charming vacation for you, your friends, and your family as well.

In addition, the reserve is close to the residential areas of the Samburu tribe of Kenya – interacting with them is a great experience.

The hilly landscape is home to humongous termite mounds and different native animals such as:

  • Beisa oryxes
  • Gerenuks
  • Blue-legged ostrich
  • Reticulated Giraffes, and the
  • Grevy’s Zebra

Samburu National Reserve surrounds three adjacent parks:

  • Shaba National Reserve (239 square kilometers),
  • Buffalo Springs Natural Reserve (131 square kilometers), and the
  • Samburu (104 square kilometers)

The Buffalo Springs, Samburu, and Shaba complex are small enough for thorough exploration in a day or two.

The reserve topography is mostly open savannah with clusters of Acacia trees, thorn trees, forest, and grassland vegetation.

Visit the reserve and enjoy the fantastic sceneries that include the big five and the Ewaso Nyiro River.

Besides, you can choose from different activities such as picnics, walks, and game drives at this ideal safari destination.

Kiunga Marine National Reserve

The Kiunga Marine National Reserve is located in Lamu county along Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast.

This spectacular ecosystem incorporates about 50 pristine offshore islands and coral reefs in the Lamu Archipelago.

While there, you can view the sea life in the coral reefs, seagrass, and extensive mangrove forests – and these areas are a refuge for sea turtles and dugongs.

In addition, you can also engage in Sunbathing, Wind Surfing, Diving, Water Skiing, and Snorkelling.

While still at Kiunga, You can also visit Lamu. It is one of the most indigenous places to visit in Kenya and also the best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa.

Way back from the 14th century, the safari destination island boasts of an enchanting culture mix of Indians, Arabs, and Africans.

Lamu old town has a wealth of beautiful historical buildings, marking it as a coastal zone for the best safaris in Kenya.

Visit the Lamu Museum and learn about the island’s rich architecture and history.

From the famous Lamu Fort, which was built between 1810 and 1823 by the Pate’s Sultan to the dhow boat ride from Shela beach, the safari destination makes your exploration a memorable one.

The winding streets of the town are perfect for donkey rides or foot exploration as you shop for batik and woodcarvings.

Masai Mara National Park

The famous Masai Mara Game Reserve Known for the world wonder of the world (Wildebeest Migration) is the most visited national reserve in Kenya.

It is a popular tourist destination in the whole of Africa and beyond because of its exceptional wildlife.

Across the vast plains of Mara, you can find more than 40 percent of Africa’s biggest mammals.

Annually from July to October, visit the Masai Mara National Park and experience the famous wildebeest migration.

Furthermore, make your holiday exciting by enjoying a hot air balloon ride as you capture the marvelous sunset on the horizon.

The excitement is not around the migration alone as Reserve is also home to wild dogs, jackals, lions, cheetahs, hyenas, leopards, jackals, amongst others.

Don’t let your safari come to an end before you explore the Masai Mara National Park for a thrilling experience.

Tsavo East and West National Parks

Tsavo East and West Parks are mostly known for the “man-eaters” These lions were a big threat to human beings when the railway was being constructed.

They did kill and feed on so many railway workers….

Apart from the lion, Tsavo is a habitat of magnificent mammals and various wild animals, including the Zebras, Buffalos, Red Elephants, amongst others.

A safari in Kenya would not be complete without an adventure to the Tsavo national park.

Being one of the oldest and largest parks, the safari destination is found in the southeastern side of Kenya.

With impressing waterfalls and pleasant-looking surroundings, the national park hosts a significant number of tourists every year, making it a favorite safari destination.

The place is ideal for hiking, camping, underwater fish and Hippo watching, cave exploration, and game viewing.

Tsavo National Park gives you a memorable experience of natural springs, rocky hills, volcanic cones, and lava beds, all forming a memorable view.

In your next safari destination, consider visiting the Tsavo park for an experience you will live to remember.

Nairobi National Park

One of the best safaris in Kenya is in the Nairobi National Park. The tourist attraction site was established in 1946.

Only six miles from Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, the 46 square miles park comes with a massive population of elands, giraffes, gazelles, and wildebeests.

Besides, as you explore close to the river, you will find 400 bird species in the forested area.

The national park offers two gaming options. You can either enjoy a safari walk through a canopied bridge or drive around the park.

However, you can also visit the animal orphanage which is within the park.

The orphanage is home to sick, abandoned, and wounded animals – In here,  they receive care and then get rehabilitated into the park.

For more details about the national park, you will find an educational center that features a safari walk. 

To  sum it up

Well, referred to as the “Jewel of Africa”, Kenya is ranked among the best tourist destinations in the world.

The amazing National Parks and Reserves in Kenya are unique in their own special ways.

Visiting them is nostalgic and the memories are beautiful. You need to map them and visit each at a time.

In addition, as you visit these amazing spots you will come across:

  • The big five
  • Tree conservancy areas
  • Modern art
  • The great rift valley plains
  • The impressive sunset coastal beaches and the
  • Vast Mara, widely known for the wildebeest migration

Apart from excellent natural features, Kenya has a rich culture and loving people.

For example, the Maasai community is a Nilotic ethnic group occupying southern Kenya and spreading into Tanzania.

The community is well known globally due to their residence in villages and towns close to game reserves.

Apart from the Maasai, Kenya has another 40 ethnicities and all unique in their own cultural ways.

Explore Kenya better with our unlimited selection of safaris covering the wider major parks and reserves in Kenya.

In need of help to plan a Kenyan Safari Tour Adventure? Our Experts are ready to start and help you plan a safari.

In addition, If you need a more tailored and customized safari, we are here for you as well.

Safari packages include transport, accommodation, and meals. And yes, tour guides and much more

To get the above and the best safaris in Kenya, book your safari package today by contacting our experts.

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